The Crossroads

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The Crossroads

A Haunted Mystery

By Chris Grabenstein; J.J. Myers (Read by)

Listening Library (Audio), 9780739367025

Publication Date: May 27, 2008


ZACK, HIS DAD, and new stepmother have just moved back to his father’s hometown, not knowing that their new house has a dark history. Fifty years ago, a crazed killer caused an accident at the nearby crossroads that took 40 innocent lives. He died when his car hit a tree in a fiery crash, and his malevolent spirit has inhabited the tree ever since. During a huge storm, lightning hits the tree, releasing the spirit, who decides his evil spree isn’t over . . . and Zack is directly in his sights.

Award-winning thriller author Chris Grabenstein fills his first book for younger readers with the same humorous and spine-tingling storytelling that has made him a fast favorite with adults.

About the Author
Chris Grabenstein is the Anthony Award--winning author of the adult titles "Tilt-A-Whirl," "Mad Mouse," and "Whack a Mole." He used to write TV and radio commercials and has written for the Muppets. Chris was born in Buffalo, New York, and moved to Chattanooga, Tennessee, when he was ten. After college, he moved to New York City with six suitcases and a typewriter to become an actor and writer. For five years, he did improvisational comedy in a Greenwich Village theater with some of the city's funniest performers, including this one guy named Bruce Willis. Chris and his wife live in New York City with three cats and a dog named Fred, who starred in "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" on Broadway. You can visit Chris (and Fred) at

Praise For The Crossroads

Starred review, Booklist, May 1, 2008:
"An absorbing psychological thriller . . . as well as a rip-roaring ghost story."